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  • As an avid reader, Bill Gates often shares his recommendations for the best titles of the year.
  • This year’s list includes two books on meditation, a memoir, a cautionary Silicon Valley tale, and an exploration of autonomous weapons.
  • Gates said his 2018 recommendations are particularly gift-worthy, with a little something for everyone.

For a man that’s busy eradicating malaria and redesigning the world’s toilets, Bill Gates has a pretty impressive reading schedule. The Microsoft founder-turned-billionaire-philanthropist is known to read one book a week, or around 50 books a year. 

This year, he’s whittled down the list to five favorites, all of which are nonfiction.

Read more: 28 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

Though he’s made numerous recommendations in the past, Gates praised this year’s titles as particularly gift-worthy. With subjects ranging from autonomous weapons to meditation, there’s a little something for everyone among this year’s picks.

“If you’re looking for a fool-proof gift for your friends and family,” Gates wrote on his blog, “you can’t go wrong with one of these.”

Here are his recommendations.